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Psychology, psychiatry or social work services
Educational psychologists, education social workers and staff in our enhanced mainstream schools (EMS) can advise and support parents, carers and professionals in schools or early years settings about the development, learning or behaviour of their children. Children and young people who have serious emotional health and well-being problems or mental health difficulties may receive help from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), rather than from local authority services. Diagnosis, advice or direct treatment may come from a primary mental health worker (PMHW), a clinical psychologist or a child psychiatrist.
The Educational Psychology and Early Years Service supports children and young people in early years settings, schools and the community. Some of its work is with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
The educational psychologists and early years advisory teachers
They also contribute advice for every child or young person undergoing a statutory assessment of special educational needs.
As part of this service, trained home visitors provide an educational and support service to the families of young children (aged 0-5) with special needs or disabilities, usually in the family's own home using an internationally recognised programme, known as "portage home visiting".
There are a number of enhanced mainstream primary schools (EMS) for pupils with specific learning difficulties, autism or other communication needs around the county. Children who are referred will remain on their own school roll and receive support from staff based in an EMS. For a small number of pupils with a statement of special educational needs, who need intensive specialist support, it may involve the pupil travelling to one of these schools. More information about EMS and other services that support the special educational needs of children and young people can be found on the special educational needs - co-ordinated support plan page.
You can also find more information about the behaviour development of your child and general advice and information about special educational needs and disability elsewhere on this website.